For 9 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 11% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Marlow Stern's Scores

Average review score: 70
Highest review score: 90 The Night Of
Lowest review score: 20 The Putin Interviews
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
9 tv reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Marlow Stern
    Though its title screams Christmas flick, HBO’s absorbing new miniseries is a pitch-black procedural that combines the system-is-broken outrage of Making a Murderer, the menacing atmosphere of Oz, and the shameless topicality and plot twists of Law & Order: SVU. And the first of its eight hour-long chapters plays like an elegant, extended version of the first three minutes of SVU.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Marlow Stern
    The ball of manic, depressed, negative energy that is Jimmy is a perfect match for Odenkirk’s comedic (and newfound dramatic) chops, as he lends plenty of pathos to this mesmeric loser with a heart of fool’s gold. He’s not Saul Goodman just yet, but the journey there should be a bumpy, thrilling ride.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Marlow Stern
    Claire, whether she’s riding an inebriated Frank like Seabiscuit or throwing down in a game of beer pong, does exhibit some of that killer instinct we’ve come to know and love.... Given that House of Cards is a series designed to be binge-watched in its entirety, it’s too early to tell whether or not it too has fallen victim to the third season curse.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Marlow Stern
    All the silly family drama has finally taken a back seat to the CIA wheeling-and-dealing that made the show so damn scintillating in the first place. I’m as surprised as anyone, ladies and gents, but Homeland is back.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Marlow Stern
    While Episode 1 is a bit of a bore, the second episode is flat-out hilarious.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Marlow Stern
    Season 2 of HBO's True Detective is almost entirely devoid of the lyrical dialogue, nonlinear storytelling, and treasure trove of literary references that crashed servers and launched a thousand subreddits (for the former, you’ll have to turn to the Lincoln commercials). It’s a straightforward pulpy neo-noir.... The performances are all top-notch and the pacing is brisk.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Marlow Stern
    Some jokes fall flat, a few scenarios seem uninspired, and Arnett’s horse does seem strikingly similar to his hilarious man-child/magician Gob in Arrested Development, but this bizarre dreamscape where humans and anthropomorphic animals commingle and cohabitate is filled with promise, providing a fun, delightfully gonzo take on Hollyweird.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 20 Marlow Stern
    Stone not only fails to challenge Putin, but essentially cedes him the floor, allowing the cunning ex-KGB operative to spin more than the president’s toupee in a tornado. ... The Putin Interviews offer, first and foremost, a staggering display of mendacity on the part of both interviewer and interviewee.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Marlow Stern
    Banshee isn’t reinventing the wheel. But unlike, say, Homeland, which no longer makes much sense as a show given the departure of its finest asset (Damian Lewis), this Cinemax series knows it’s crazy. It delights in its trashiness, its pulpiness.

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